Why Evans is wrong to suggest Berardi may not walk straight back into Leeds line-up

The Leeds United right-back should be one of the first names on the team-sheet right now.

In recent comments published by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United manager Steve Evans suggested that Gaetano Berardi was not guaranteed to start the upcoming match against Charlton Athletic. But the simple fact is: He should be.

After all, with Sam Byram currently out of favour and seemingly set for yet another 90 minutes on the substitutes’ bench the only other alternative for Leeds at right-back is Scott Wootton and there is no doubt Berardi is a considerably better option than the 24-year-old despite Evans' ongoing faith in him.

Leeds’ current league position means they have to play their best players when they are available and if Byram is inexplicably overlooked once again Berardi must start.

It is all well and good suggesting that no one can walk straight back into a team, and that obviously creates a sense of competition for places and an increased desire on the part of the squad to continually prove themselves, but one hopes Berardi is not overlooked for that reason alone.

The Swiss full-back has been one of Leeds’ best players this season and with Charlton Athletic there for the taking if the Whites play to their full potential, there is no place for Wootton in their next starting line-up.

But that decision ultimately rests with Evans so watch this space…

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